Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race is the longest professional sporting event in the world, a round the-world yacht race that is held every three years. Each edition of the race lasts close to nine months and teams face extremes of temperatures ranging from -15 in the Southern Ocean to 45 degrees at the equator. The Volvo Ocean Race is jointly owned by Volvo Group and Volvo Car Group.


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Volvo and the race – a perfect match

Since Volvo acquired the race in 1998 (former the Whitbread Round the World Race) we have developed it every year, both in terms of the competition itself but also by taking greater and greater advantage of the business benefits. With its global scope, the Volvo Ocean Race has become a superb platform for strengthening the brand not only for Volvo but also for the race- and team sponsors involved. It offers a unique chance to establish close relationships with customers and partners and it helps to create new business opportunities.

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Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Route

Volvo Ocean Race 2017-18 Route

The Race is returning to its Southern Ocean roots. 2017-18 route will be longest ever sailing distance at around 45,000 nautical miles, crossing four oceans and taking in 12 major cities on six continents.

The 43-year-old race around the world will start from Alicante in late 2017 and will end with a grand finale into The Hague, Netherlands during summer 2018.

The total distance of the racetrack is longer than in any of the 12 previous editions of an event which was born as The Whitbread Round the World Race in 1973.
But while the teams will sail more nautical miles than ever before, the race itself is scheduled to be one month shorter than in most of the last 12 editions.

Download the 2017-18 Route (JPG, 0.1 MB)
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Volvo Group photo contest Foap

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An epic Leg 1 – Volvo Ocean Race 2017 - 18

An epic Leg 1 – Volvo Ocean Race 2017 - 18

A 1,450 nm sprint from Alicante to Lisbon, Leg 1 was the perfect start to the 2017-18 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race.

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